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RE: Windows private folder option decryption
From: "Hamish Stanaway" <koremeltdown () hotmail com>
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 01:51:47 +0000

Hi there Jon,

It might be a long shot but have you copied the folders onto a disc / cd and tried to paste them onto a drive with an active XP OS? Your other option would be to turn the HDD switches at the back of your problematic HDD to slave mode, and put them on the back of a working WINXP HDD which would make the drive accessable as the primary slave drive (should all go well). You would then be able to use the WINXP encrpytion system to decrypt the folders. I have used this for similar things in the past, and I guess it is a long shot but worth a go and wouldn't hurt to try.
Let me know how you get on!


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From: "Jon Lawhead" <samurai () berkeley edu>
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Windows private folder option decryption
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 12:01:16 -0800
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Hey all,

I work as a tech, and I have a problem that I haven't encountered before, and am looking for ideas. I have a client who attempted to upgrade the drivers for his graphics card, but somehow botched it and now his computer won't boot into windows. I would generally fix the problem by booting into Knoppix, but he's encrypted all his files using the Windows private folder option in XP, so that doesn't work. Does anyone know of any tools and/or procedures that I could use to get around this, either by decrypting the files via knoppix or by any other means. If I can't find anything, I'm going to be forced to tell him to just reformat, which I don't want to do. Thanks for your help!


Jon Lawhead
UC Berkeley SINE/ResComp



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